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Harry Bridges and Nikki Sawada on their wedding day, December 27, 1958

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Harry Bridges and Nikki Sawada on their wedding day, December 27, 1958
Photograph by Don Dondero, courtesy of ILWU Archives, Anne Rand Research Library, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, San Francisco

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People on the Move:
People on the Move — Harry Bridges: Immigrant, Adventurer, Traveler

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Wedding portrait
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection

In 1958 Harry Bridges and Noriko (Nikki) Sawada flew to Reno, Nevada to get married. But Nevada had laws forbidding whites from marrying Asians, and Nikki, born in Glendale, California, was of Japanese ancestry. Despite Harry's plea that Noriko "isn't really Japanese-she was born in America," the judge refused to marry them. They sued the state of Nevada, and three days later they were wed.

Physical Description
Photograph of Harry Bridges and Nikki Swadaa on their wedding day, December 27, 1958.
Details
Date Made:
1958
Locations:
Nevada

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